For those whose knowledge of the ancient Romans relies on what they picked up in school, this exploration of the Italian capital promises to reignite a passion for history, with expert-guided visits to sites such as the Roman Forum, Trajan’s Market, the colossal baths of Caracalla and the Colosseum.

Lose yourself in the Sistine Chapel and the wondrous collections of the Vatican Museum to understand the city’s central role in western Christendom.

Exploring Rome costs from £2,795 pp (two sharing), including five nights’ B&B, four lunches, three dinners, entrance fees, tips and excursions with expert guides. Departs 31 Mar. & 10 Oct. Flights extra.


Call AITO member Peter Sommer Travels on 01600 888 220 (www.petersommer.com).

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